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Editorials

  • Reunion brings back memories

    Danny Hicks and Greg Puckett are products of their environment. They are part of the self-described “wild and crazy kids” who grew up in the west Bardstown area known as the Maple Hill neighborhood back in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s

  • Little Leaguers did county proud

    Some of the players may still be smarting after seeing their state tournament run end Tuesday, but the Nelson County Little League 11/12-year-old All Stars have nothing to be ashamed of. After all, they’re only one of three in the last 25 years to get that far, as best as we can tell, and maybe ever.

    The Nelson All Stars — led by head coach Jeff Osborne and assistants Jamie Mattingly and Jeff Ballard — went 8-3 in play in the district and state tournaments, and was the first Nelson County Little League baseball team to make it to the state in a decade.

  • It's time for a smoking ban

    With two public hearings behind us and several opinions voiced at those hearings and in numerous letters to the editor, we think the time has come for Nelson Fiscal Court to do what is right and pass a smoking ordinance for local businesses.

    We understand this is a hard decision for our local officials but they are elected to make those tough decisions and do what is best for the county at large. Both sides of the idea — pro and con — have presented thoughtful ideas.

  • Interceptor line was much needed

    Taxpayers often balk when they hear about elected officials dipping into reserve funds, and sometimes, their trepidation is justified. Such is not the case with Bardstown’s Town Creek interceptor project.

    The project will cost $3.87 million, and though the city budgeted only $2.5 million for it, the remaining $1.37 million — to be taken from normally restricted reserves — will be money well spent.

  • NAMI important for area health

    Mental illness does not deserve the stigma that decades of ignorance have heaped onto it, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t take a toll on those it affects and society as a whole. Dysfunctional family relationships, poor work performance or the inability to stay employed, futile jail time and being a danger to oneself or others are but a few of the unfortunate scenarios depression, schizophrenia or other mental illnesses can cause.

  • Booster seat law was needed

    A host of new laws went into effect Tuesday — 90 days after the General Assembly’s session adjourned.

  • Working together boosts economy

    Wired is an acronym for “Workforce Innovations in Regional Economic Development.” Wired65 refers to economic development centered along the counties near the Interstate 65 corridor.

    Last week, a fact finding session at the Talbott Tavern brought together a wide range of locals who have a vested interest in the development of quality employment opportunities for Nelson County residents. Economic development is no longer an exercise involving pitting one county against another. Today the watchword is regional cooperation and pooling of efforts to maximize good outcomes.

  • Remarkable men pastor residents

    The term “remarkable” generally means something that is worthy of a remark. Nelson County has a new pair of local pastors who are remarkable in their own right.

    The Rev. Wally Dant, the new pastor at St. Thomas and St. Monica, is a father, grandfather and retired UPS executive. Pastor Marion Thomas Harned, the new minister at Boston Christian Church, is a retired Colonel in the Air Force where he served 25 years as a chaplain.

  • Niche tourism found home here

    Down through the years so-called “niche tourism” has played an important role in our visitor driven economy. Although never getting the public attention that mainstream tourists receive, groups coming to Nelson County for a specific event or convention make up a significant number of visitors here each year.

    A good example of these kind of events was this weekend’s Volkswagen “Thing” gathering headquartered at Quality Inn. Soccer tournaments, the Kentucky Music Week and the Maryland to Kentucky reunion are other prime examples.

  • The fair is fun for the whole family

    The 34th annual Nelson County Fair starts Monday bringing the county’s annual fun back to the fairgrounds.

    Each year the fair offers something for everyone — young and old alike.

    With an opportunity to see the county’s best gather to display their talents in a variety of activities, this is one of the best times of the year for the area.

    Although a couple of pre-fair events took place this weekend, the fair officially opens Monday with opening ceremonies and the always-popular Miss Nelson County Fair contest.